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Rising excitement

We’re not the only household in the country on the edge of our seats now the final of the Great British Bake Off is looming like an ill-constructed choux pastry tower. There are at least eight million die-hard fans out there. But we are probably, definitely, certainly the keenest. For our family, the Bake Off …

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One day at a time

Ok. Can I just ask you this one question? Which do you think is the most aesthetically pleasing advent calendar? Is it this one, crafted from wood, hand-painted in dove grey with touches of pale teal and terracotta, and complete with its own personal Santa loitering by the door:   Or this one? A tacky, …

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Stormy weather

So it’s 25 years and a day since poor old Michael Fish downplayed the greatest storm to lash southern England for a billion years, or something. Terrible for him. The one time anybody ever listened to the weather forecast, and his seaweed let him down. Yes, I know it’s more complicated than that, but I …

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Sweet thought

Unexpected acts of kindness are so lovely, aren’t they? Yesterday, via email, I received a recipe for¬†dairy-free¬†brownies from a friend who had just heard about Child 2’s lactose intolerance. I admit that I used to be one of those harsh souls who believe a lot of diet troubles are fads. ‘We never had all these …

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Kindling excitment

Well, I’m in a state of major excitement today as it has finally occurred to me to put my book on Kindle. My older brother suggested this to me a year ago, and sent me links to various US authors who have, by now, bought islands in the Caribbean on the strength of their voodoo/vampire/psycho …

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